Have a Beery Christmas!

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Deck the halls with ales and lagers! Here by popular demand, we’ve compiled a list of hoppy, malty gift ideas for your beer-loving friends.

Gift Boxes

Bestbev – Variety Packs

Bestbev offers several variety packs, allowing you to sample the best of different styles. Their Tropical Haze box features fruity beers, pale ales and ciders. Have a friend who’s missing a taste of home? Give the gift of the Brexit Box or the Liberty Box, jam-packed with British or American beers, respectively. Add a note in the checkout and they’ll include it in the delivery, too. As a festive special, all purchases before December 1 will come with a free gift.
Cost: $699/case (24 beers)

HK Brewcraft – Beer Advent Calendar

Indulge in a quick throwback to your childhood days with greedy, chocolatey fingers and count down to Christmas with a festive, beer-filled advent calendar. Open a local beer every day from the 1st of December and drink your way to Christmas with this adorable box set.
Cost: $968/case

HK Brewcraft – X’Mas Gift Box

Purchase any four 330ml or 500ml beers at HK Brewcraft and add this special pack to include a festive gift box, as well as two HK Brewcraft-branded crystal tasting glasses and a bottle opener.
Cost: $120 (non-inclusive of beers purchased)

Tai-Pan – Advent Calendar

You know the drill: 24 different beers, one for each day counting down to Christmas. Each case will contain a fantastic range of beers, including some limited edition beers from Bridge Road Brewers in Australia. A fun way to enjoy a Beery Christmas and a Hoppy New Year!
Cost: $838/case

The Artist – Your Design Six-Pack

Give the gift of customised beer this year, courtesy of The Artist. For the label art, you can upload your own photos (even directly from Facebook or Instagram), write your own text and accessorise with all sorts of fun options. Include a personalised gift note with your order as well. Mix your own six-pack from a selection of Blonde, IPA, White and Raspberry, which are brewed in Belgium at Val-Dieu.
Cost: Starts from $258/customised 6-pack

Young Master Ales – Christmas Beer Case

Give the gift of customised beer this year, courtesy of The Artist. For the label art, you can upload your own photos (even directly from Facebook or Instagram), write your own text and accessorise with all sorts of fun options. Include a personalised gift note with your order as well. Mix your own six-pack from a selection of Blonde, IPA, White and Raspberry, which are brewed in Belgium at Val-Dieu.
Cost: $500/24 bottles

Beer-of-the-Month Clubs

Bestbev – Beer Box

With a choice of three-, six- or 12-month subscription options, Bestbev will deliver a hand-picked case filled with top-selling beers and seasonal specials. Beer Box members will also be entitled to 15% off any additional beer purchases made during the duration of their membership, and will be invited to complimentary private tasting parties throughout the year.
Cost: $680/month for 24 beers, minimum 3 months

The Bottle Shop – Beer Club

In addition to a three-month subscription, Beer Club members will also become a VIP member of The Bottle Shop during their period of subscription, enjoying discounts on all the products in store. As part of the subscription, you’ll receive 8 to 12 beers per month. The variations are in the volume of the bottles, with size options of 330ml/500ml/660ml or 750ml.
Cost: $430/month for 8-12 beers

Hop Leaf – Beer of the Month Club

Curated exclusively from world-renowned breweries such as Kagua, Mikkeller, North Coast, Stone, To Øl and Tuatara, each box includes multiple bottles of at least 4 different beers. Consumers pick how many bottles and how long to subscribe for. In addition, a 5% discount is offered for any orders placed during your subscription period.
Cost: Boxes start at $1,300 for 3 months

Thirsty Brothers – Beer Club

Aiming to provide drinkers with a “convenient way to explore craft beer”, Thirsty Brothers offers monthly beer boxes of either 12 or 24 beers. For the avid drinker, they offer billing on a monthly basis with the option to end your subscription at any time. Expect selections from top global breweries including BrewDog, Ballast Point, Coedo, Flying Monkeys and more.
Cost: Boxes start at $400/month for 12 bottles

Beer Classes

Back to School Brewing – 101: Intro to Brewing

A fun activity to try with friends, groups of four will make a 20-litre batch of beer and find out how each step of the process affects the beer in the glass. Apart from getting the chance to learn more about the history of brewing and the science behind each step, complimentary tastings during the course will also allow everyone to appreciate the impact of ingredients on the final product.

When: Saturdays from 2-6pm
Cost: $500 per person, or $800 with beer delivery
Language: English only

Cave by Brewcrafters

If there’s one thing we love more than beer, it’s the smell of a fresh batch brewing. Strategically dividing the process into five levels, Cave offers complimentary classes at their outlet based on demand! Class duration may vary from one to five hours, depending on the difficulty level.

When: On demand
Cost: Free!
Language: Cantonese, English or Putonghua

HK Brewcraft – Homebrewing Workshop

This workshop is a three-hour crash course on how to homebrew. All ingredients and equipment will be prepared and set up before your arrival. Three to four participants will share one homebrewing kit and will start brewing under step-by-step guidance. At the end of the workshop, you’ll be given the option of bringing home your own batch of beer, together with a brewing kit (for an additional $560) to complete the full experience.

When: Saturdays from 3-6pm or Sundays from 1.30-4.30pm
Cost: $680/person, of $600/person for groups of four or more
Language: English and Cantonese (alternate weeks)

Brewery Tours

Young Master Ales – Brewery Tour

Young Master’s popular Saturday brewery tour in Wong Chuk Hang is super-informative and gets you a sweet piece of branded tasting glassware. (Note that there are strictly no sales of alcohol for onsite consumption.) Book online for an upcoming session.

When: Saturdays at 1pm and 4pm
Cost: $100/person
Language: English or Cantonese (depends on session)

Beer Books

Cheese & Beer by Janet Fletcher

Cheese and beer go together like peanut butter and jelly. This richly photographed reference book will guide cheese enthusiasts who want to dive more deeply into craft beer, and beer fans who want to learn more about fine cheeses.
Cost: $245, available at The Bottle Shop

The Oxford Companion to Beer by Garrett Oliver

After water and tea, beer is the most popular drink in the world and is at the centre of an US$450 billion global industry. The Oxford Companion to Beer is the first reference work to fully investigate the history and vast scope of the beverage in an encyclopedic format, including the agricultural makeup of various beers, the technical elements of the brewing process, the local effects of brewing on regions around the world, and the social and political implications of sharing a beer.
Cost: $655, available at The Bottle Shop

Tasting Beer by Randy Mosher

If you’re planning to take your BJCP or Cicerone exams in the coming year, this book is an essential resource for your studies, complete with lush photos and easy-to-understand diagrams about flavour profiles, the brewing process, food pairings and much more.
Cost: $198, available at HK Brewcraft

The Complete Joy of Homebrewing by Charlie Papazian

Everything you need to know to brew beer at home from start to finish is compressed into this 496-page bible. Learn the basics of building a home brewery and try your skills out on world-class proven recipes with easy-to-follow instructions. Master brewer Charlie Papazian also includes the history and lore of beer, the science behind brewing and tips on how to create your own original ale.
Cost: $110, available at HK Brewcraft

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